Israel Shipyards Delivers First OPV to Cyprus

Israel and Cyprus signed a deal in 2015 for the delivery of four Offshore Patrol Vessels, which will be used to patrol the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone

Israel Shipyards is set to deliver the first of four Offshore Patrol Vessels to the Cyprus Coast Guard on Tuesday, according to a report by e_amyna.

In 2015, Cyprus ordered four OPVs from Israel Shipyards in order to protect the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and the Aphrodite gas field. Such vessels were also sold to Azerbaijan, equipped with Rafael's Spike anti-tank guided missiles.

According to the Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy, in 2013 Cyprus reached a €100 million agreement with Israel for the procurement of two large Offshore Patrol Vessels. However, the agreement did not receive the approval of the Cypriot Parliament. Two years later, in 2015, a new agreement was signed for four vessels.

According to the report on in-cyprus.com, Cypriot Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides will attend the inauguration ceremony for the Offshore Patrol Vessel in the Israeli city of Haifa.

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